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Tomb Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,306 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.45
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18  2013-12-28
Papago Park Trail Run / Exploration
4  2012-02-25 jochal
2  2009-03-07 azdesertfather
3  2009-03-07
Papago Buttes - Papago Park
3  2000-06-02 joebartels
Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 213
Routes 824
Photos 10,834
Trips 4,262 map ( 21,474 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:16am - 6:23pm
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Desert Pyramid
by joebartels

Get on the trail and head on up. Circle the pyramid and read the plaque. If you get tired there are benches for resting. Gather up your gear and head on back.

Okay so this is hardly a trail worth mentioning, right! I'd ridden by this little funky pyramid on my bike several times. To me it was just an old beat up looking something or other. I figured it was some playground thing from the sixties that was never completed. It was one of those things you wondered about for about ten seconds and then moved on. It wasn't until I hiked the Ellison Creek area near Payson that I became interested. I was curious about the Ellison name as everything in Payson seems to have history involved in the names. Anyhow, I'm reading along at the Scottsdale library about this tomb. ...only to find out I'd ridden my bike by it on the way to the library! It's still nothing exciting. However, it does have a certain 'neatness (hey that's kinda neat)' to me now.

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2000-06-02 joebartels
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Tomb Trail
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    Phoenix Day Trip
    4am departure from Safford to Phoenix.
    Started the day with Lookout Mountain Summit - Short & sweet with a great early morning view from the top.
    Then a drive over to Papago Park - Tomb Trail, Hole in the Rock & a walk up to Desert Botanical Garden. It was free admission day, but way too many people crowding in so we skipped the garden and headed back to Papago for a walk around the park.
    Next up was a drive out to Tempe - Parked and walked up & down Mill Ave stopping at Starbucks for a quick energy boost before climbing up Hayden Butte. We then ended with a walk across Mill Ave bridge and down along Tempe Town Lake.
    Last stop of the day was dinner at Nando's Mexican Cafe (A+) in Gilbert before the drive back home.
    Pulled back into Safford just before 8pm ending a very enjoyable day trip!
    Tomb Trail
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    Wanted to do a hike today that I could see some wildlife but also if I got tired could rest on a comfortable bench. This trail offers both of these things. Got to the trailhead close to sunset. Was only out of the car for 5 seconds and we were greeted by big horn sheep. Only about 20 feet away. After the sheep and my dog had a staring contest we continued on to the top. After a long minute of hiking and some climbing we reached the pyramid tomb thing. As I gazed into the sunset I saw what seemed to be giraffes and wildebeests in the distance. A very rare sight to see these animals in their natural habitat of the phoenix desert. After a few photos and a long rest on the benches we made our descent to the car.
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    Took two trips up Hole in Rock and back. On the second trip, tried to find a way on top of the mountain, but abandoned the attempt as I wasn't prepared shoe-wise. Very easy & fun hike for kids and those too out of shape to do much else, and they loved the views. You can even easily go up it in a bicycle!
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    Somehow I stumbled onto the post for this "hike" and the pyramid sounded interesting. Funny enough this place is with in a mile of my house and I had never noticed it before so I had to go.
    I was planning on running a mile or so after work so I made this place on my route.
    I got a late start and it was dark by the time I got to the pyramid which made the plaques a little hard to read but the view of Zoo Lights was awesome. I'd go back just for that. you could even hear some of the music they were playing at the zoo. very faint but it was there.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    Off Galvin Parkway exit into the ZOO/Papago Park
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